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Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone 13 - Anniversary AleFirestone 13 - Anniversary Ale

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world-class

346 Ratings
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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.16%


Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2009)
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been sitting on this one for a while, had a long shitty day, so I figured that's a good enough reason to crack into it. Review is from notes taken on 8/18/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Looks pretty tempting coming out of the bottle -- pour is a dark burnt coffee brown/near black; starts with a short 1/2 finger creamy tan head that fades almost immediately to nothing other than a thin ring; body is of course opaque;

Smell: Wow -- super. Very sweet, lots of vanilla, burnt sugar/caramel; some bourbon; some syrupy sweet chocolate; some alcohol; nice and robust - jus flows out of the glass.

Taste: See smell. Fantastic -- plenty of vanilla and sweet caramel -- I'm reminded of those caramel target candies; plenty of alcohol and it is very much like bourbon; bit of a roasty coffee flavor lying in there somewhere, but it's really subdued by the sweetness. This would be a fantastic dessert. For being a few years old, the alcohol is still booming and I love it.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium/heavy in terms of weight; carbonation is soft, a little "flat" and all of the life of the body comes from the big alcohol, and it works alright, but I do feel that the carb could be a touch stronger; a thin, semi-dry and sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth; gums and belly are left extremely warm from the booze.

Overall: A great beer, world class. The only thing I feel I can fault it for is a body without much life, but overall, a fantastic beer that should be made again and distributed to anywhere I happen to live.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 01:35:43 | More by bamadog
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A: Black, very small thin light tan head. Dissipated quickly.

S: I could smell it the second I cracked open the bottle. Very rich and intense chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla.

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Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.